If youâre committed to diversity and have a passion for equity issues â and love to talk to people and uncover their fascinating stories â you may be our next Special Projects Writer.
USC University Communications seeks a talented writer who will illuminate the achievements and personality of university students, faculty members, staff, researchers, alumni, donors and friends. The writer will focus on finding interesting stories and creating content with an authentic voice that highlights the universityâs commitment to diversity, inclusion and access to higher education for students of all backgrounds. This creative professional also works closely with advancement and leadership staff to advance the universityâs academic, philanthropic, community and research priorities, as well as support USCâs culture.
In this role, youâll interview and maintain positive relationships with faculty and staff members, scientists and physicians, undergraduate and graduate students, high-profile donors and other supporters, including professors and administrators involved in diversity issues. Youâll discover, propose and write your own stories for USC media designed for a variety of audiences. You may also be assigned announcements and other content about university initiatives and milestones, major administrative changes, community outreach efforts and events and trends important to USC. In addition, you may coordinate gift- and leadership-related announcements with other collaborators across USC, as well as maintain collections of banked stories.
The Special Projects Writer is an active part of a creative editorial team that tells the story of the university across the spectrum of media. As a team player, youâll contribute story and source ideas to content campaigns and work collegially with a variety of colleagues. Youâll recommend photo opportunities based on your reporting, respond and adapt content to learnings from analytics, seek ways to improve results and processes related to your projects, keep up with news and reflect the constantly evolving world of digital communication.
Attention to detail and accuracy, an eye for trends, strong writing skills, curiosity, comfort with often complex academic and research issues and a commitment to discovering and telling stories that reflect our diverse communities are musts.
Find, propose and create news and compelling human-interest content that makes people laugh, cry and feel inspired and informed. Content may range from 2,000-word feature articles to short, lively bullet points, as well as profiles. This content may appear on USCâs website and news blogs, email announcements, e-newsletters and social media promotion, as well as the universityâs alumni magazine and feature stories website.Â
Write announcements for major administrative changes and philanthropic gifts, milestones and initiatives and coordinate content and timing with other staff members so they can distribute and promote content effectively. This may include conducting interviews and creating and managing project plans.
Communicate regularly with staff members in advancement and leadership to stay on top of university priorities, keep schedules and plans for communicating about initiatives and accomplishments, and report on progress.
Actively contribute ideas and expertise to the team and across the department and pitch in on group projects such as special content campaigns.
Materials required for application process: Candidates must submit aÂ cover letter, resume and 4-5 relevant writing samples. Applications must contain each one of these elements to be considered.
Preferred education: bachelorâs degree in journalism, English, public relations, history or related field
5 years of experience in fundraising writing and storytelling
Demonstrated ability to write about scientific, technical and academic topics and make them accessible to a general audience
Experience covering topics such as diversity, equity, inclusion, especially in the context of higher education
Established body of work around topics of social justice and equity with a portfolio that demonstrates an authentic voice
Experience working within a higher education institutionÂ
Experience working with VIPs and high-profile clients
Professionalism, tact and attention to schedules, detail and accuracy (from grammar to facts)
Knowledge of AP Style and experience with different forms of writing and different writing voices (e.g., long-form journalistic features; hard news stories; short consumer-friendly web content; press releases; internal announcements; charticles; social media blurbs)Â
Comfort with modern digital communication, website content management (Wordpress) and securing image assets for digital and print use
Experience creating multimedia storytelling content such as social videos, audio stories and photography
Writing for search engine optimization
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation: Bachelorâs degreeÂ Experience: 3 years as a paid content writer/producerField of expertise: Experience with writing, editing, proofreading and preparation of materials for print and online publication.
Internal Number: REQ20092678
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.